Mold thrives in dark, humid places which makes your air conditioning unit a prime location for mold to proliferate. Black mold can cause significant health issues and any type of mold or mildew can cause allergies to flare up. Fortunately, regular AC care can help you get rid of mold.
Use these 7 cleaning tips to get rid of mold in your AC unit:
- Protect yourself. Wear long sleeves and a respiratory mask to prevent exposure to mold spores. This is a good idea for everyone but it’s especially important for people who are allergic to mold.
- Dust and clean up the unit. Use a vacuum cleaner, a hand broom and a dusting cloth on the inside of the unit as necessary. Removing all the dust ensures that you’re able to see and reach the entire mold.
- Clean the vent cover. Soak the vent cover in a solution of water laundry detergent for about 15 minutes, then clean it and allow it to dry.
- Replace the filter. If you have mold in your AC unit, it’s high time for a new filter.
- Clean the ducts and blades. A solution of one cup water, one gallon bleach will disinfect the area. Use a flexible mop to scrub and let ducts and blades dry before replacing the cover. Clean all the surfaces, even if you don’t see any mold visible.
- Clean the coils. Use a no-rinse air conditioner evaporator coil foaming cleanser to clean the evaporator coils. Spray the cleanser on the coils and then let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Discard mold-infested materials. If the materials you’ve used to clean the AC unit are infested with mold, it’s best to discard them altogether. To prevent the spread of mold, place all the materials in a plastic bag and discard them in the outside trash can right away.
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Robert Matheka is the Owner of Kala Construction Inc.., a leading water damage and water damage restoration services. provider in Ontario, CA. Our services include extraction of water and drying out the structure by using special extraction equipment, air movers, and dehumidification equipment to restore your property back to normal after a disaster.